It looks like we are going to get our first real taste of winter and the Ohio Department of Transportation says it's ready to go.
ODOT Muskingum County manager Phil Valentine says the crews are ready to go. The salt bins are full and the plows are on standby.
"We're going to be using a salt and a salt brine mix with it we would have done a little bit of pre-treating but with the rain it's pretty much going to wash that away. We're worried about the temperatures...
State troopers said three tractor trailers crashed and significantly damaged a highway bridge in Guernsey County, blocking westbound traffic near the intersection of two busy interstates.
The collision happened around 11p.m. Monday night on Interstate 70 near Cambridge, just west of where the high links to I-77. Trooper Kyle Shirer said that the crash occurred when one driver hit his brakes, lost control of his truck and jack knifed, blocking the bridge and creating significant damage...
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area, and that means the Ohio Department of Transportation has already been working to get ready for the snow that coming our way.
Muskingum County ODOT Manager Ray Dailey said with any winter storm, timing is everything.
"We have a little bit of salt residue left over from the previous storm, so it will basically be trying to time it out so that our trucks will be out there either right before or as...
Muskingum County and the Ohio Department of Transportation continue to work on Northpointe Drive.
During Wednesday's Transportation Improvement District meeting the two sides traded information about the cost of the project. Because the work on Northpointe ran over the time frame set by the Federal government at least $75,000 must be paid by local funds. Final numbers for the project weren't available from ODOT. The county engineer plans to remedy that problem in the future.
State-wide discussion continues on who will be responsible to pay for road damage caused by upcoming shale drilling.
Ohio is trying to reach an agreement with drilling companies so they'll pay for any damage caused by the heavy equipment needed to extract oil and gas from shale rock. President of Meigs and Muskingum Township Associations Stephen Bradley said Anadarko Petroleum Corporation- the drilling company responsible for Muskingum County- has agreed to take care of the cost.
Motorist's can expect a temporary ramp closure in their travels Thursday.
The Ohio Department of Transportation said that the Interstate 70 East/State Route 792 off ramp will be closed from 8am-4pm. That is Exit 160 which is Airport Road. During this time paving work will take place.
As a detour driver should take either Exit 157 State Route 93 Adamsville to State Route 22 East or Exit 164 State Route 22 Norwich to State Route 22 West.